people ask me how to get their own domain name and start their own blog and here’s what i tell them:
1. to get your own blog, there are tons of free blog sites out there. you can google them easily. the problem with the free blogs is the advertising and censorship (if they don’t like what you posted then they can delete you without warning). so…i recommend setting up your own domain and blog.
2. it’s actually very easy. not just because i know how to do it but because others have told me they figured it out quickly and painlessly. personally, i prefer Dotster
Don’t let all the different options confuse you. Just get the cheapest Linux plan and a wordpress blog (like this one) is included. the learning curve you’ll have to go through is learning about bandwidth (everytime someone visits your site it uses bandwidth and subtracts from your allowed bandwidth useage for the account plan you’ve chosen. i suggest getting the cheapest plan and then upgrading if you see that your site is very popular and using more bandwidth than you first thought would be utilized.
after setting up your account and blog, just explore through your blog’s admin section. there are lots of functions that you can use (or not) and posting your first blog entry is as easy as typing it and hitting “publish”.
note: when you buy a domain name you have to renew the domain name each year. if you choose not to renew (and they give you several reminders months in advance of expiration), then you don’t have to. it’s a great investment, however, as you can then get your emails at email@example.com and just have it forwarded to your isp. this is a good thing because if you move or change isp’s you don’t have to tell everyone to change your email address…you just go in and change your forwarding address to your new isp and nobody knows any different.
some more details on domain names at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_name
Dotster has some great help files as well.